Police have launched a crackdown on the illegal sale of “prescription drugs” by pharmacies across the state.
Acting on the instructions of the Director General of Police C. Sylendra Babu, special teams from the Narcotics Intelligence Bureau CID as well as officials from the Department of Food Safety and Drug Administration carried out surprise checks in pharmacies in several districts. The aim was to reduce the sale of these drugs without a proper prescription, especially to students and young people.
According to Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal, ADGP, Crime, action has been taken against some pharmacies in the districts of Chengalpattu, Tiruvannamalai, Thanjavur, Salem, Vellore and Tirupattur. Police and the Department of Food Safety and Drug Administration had warned pharmacy owners not to sell over-the-counter “prescription drugs”. Surprise checks would continue, he said. Mr. Aggarwal called on the public to pass on any information about the illegal sale of controlled drugs by calling the hotline 10581 or sending a message via WhatsApp to 949810581. The public can email this contribution to spnibcid @ gmail. com.
In a separate operation, the police conducted a special campaign in all neighborhoods against the sale of narcotics and psychotropic substances. During the operation, over 2,000 kg of ganja and 21 kg of heroin worth approximately 23 crore were seized and 838 accused persons arrested. Some of these suspects had sold contraband to drug addicts. The move follows instructions from Chief Minister Deputy Stalin, who briefed the Assembly on the matter and told officials at a recent meeting that strict measures should be taken to curb the sale of drugs such as ganja near educational institutions, the sources said.
Earlier this week, the national meeting of the Narco Coordination Center Apex Level Committee (NCORD) described drug abuse as a major national security threat that could be addressed with comprehensive coordination between central agencies. and drug control states. The meeting, which was attended by senior police officers from across the country, was asked to form a dedicated anti-narcotics task force, the sources added.